Texas Rangers News - 2013 Rangers Baseball Updates
4/5/13 – Josh Hamilton’s return today to Rangers Ballpark
in Arlington was not so welcome. As if the Rangers-Angels rivalry wasn’t already grand enough – Hamilton was the latest acquisition to the Los Angeles Angels
lineup that had previously played for the Texas Rangers. Although no longer part of the Rangers roster, Texas fans must not forget that Vladimir Guerrero, Darren Oliver, and Mike Napoli were all former Angels before coming to the Lone Star State. Between the two teams dominance in the AL West and their roster exchanges, expect this division rivalry to heat up. Tickets to the Rangers home opener versus the Angels ranged from $90 in the Grandstand Reserved to $600 in the Lower infield. If you waited until the last minute to buy, you could have got in the door at a mere $37. The three-game series against the Angels is by far the most expensive this month. Rangers’ fans will get a chance to see their team play the Tampa Bay Rays
, Seattle Mariners
, and Chicago White Sox
by month’s end.
Undoubtedly the Texas Rangers would like to forget the 2012 season, especially the last month of the season. Holding a 13 game lead at the end of June, and then a six game lead over Oakland with nine to play, the Rangers failed to hold the lead; losing seven of those last nine — including a regular season-ending sweep by the A's — then dropped the wild-card contest to a surprising young Baltimore squad. And to add insult to injury, outfielder Josh Hamilton signed a big free-agent contract with the Rangers division rivals in Los Angeles after the season. Hamilton's power will be difficult for the Rangers to replace; after his 43 longballs, third baseman Adrian Beltre was next on the team in home runs and runs batted in while leading the team in batting average (among players who qualified for the batting title). Outfielder David Murphy contributed with a team leading on-base percentage, while Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler tied for the team lead in stolen bases. On the other side, the Rangers have a formidable top of the rotation with Matt Harrison (team leader in wins and earned run average), Yu Darvish (team strikeout king), and Derek Holland; and closer Joe Nathan. The Rangers path to the 2013 postseason gets a tiny bit harder this season with the addition to the American League of the Houston Astros
, but Ranger Nation will continue to expect a hot time at Rangers Ballpark this summer.
Texas Rangers tickets in Arlington average $63 at Rangers Ballpark this season. What Rangers baseball games do most fans want to see? The 2013 Texas Rangers schedule features key series with the Boston Red Sox
, Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees
. Each of these series has an average tickets price of more than $100. The Cincinnati Reds
will play the Rangers during Interleague play in Arlington; these tickets average $85 — the Rangers fourth most expensive home series this season. Rangers baseball fans looking score cheap Texas Rangers tickets will find seats under $10 in the Grandstand Reserved at Rangers Ballpark. Road games tickets to see the Texas Rangers average $63, the same as at home.